Ford Model A Pickup Restoration July 2013

It is definitive that I cannot hold the target to get the car onto the street this year. I'll use the time over winter to finish everything for next year. The good news are that I could finish the wooden flatbed, only the finish is not done yet.

Ford Model A Restoration July 2013

The trunk below the bed is not finished yet. There are some details remaining like this part which will be placed at the back corner.

Ford Model A Restoration July 2013

I have also made some holes into the back wall and placed a grid inside. You never know when you have to transport some chicken, so they get plenty of fresh air and have a view out of the trunk … no, it's just to have some fresh air inside.

Ford Model A Restoration July 2013

The wall to the cabin I have covered with wood. The original trunk was open, but that was the reason for big dents on the back side of the cabin. You could not see the dents without opening the trunk door but I have a better solution now.

Ford Model A Restoration July 2013

Between the cross beams I had to close the gaps with 4 pieces of wood.

Ford Model A Restoration July 2013

Basically, I'm finished with the trunk, but the most important part is still missing. It does also have a lockable door on the side. First I prepare 2 wood panels and glue them together.

Ford Model A Restoration July 2013

Then I had to mill the section where the lock will be mounted.

Ford Model A Restoration July 2013

After the installation of the hinges and some adjustment work, the door can be locked.

Ford Model A Restoration July 2013

The sheet metal parts for the protection of the 4 corners can be mounted too.

Ford Model A Restoration July 2013

This is the wood for the bed floor and has already the correct length.

Ford Model A Restoration July 2013

For drilling the final holes I've made this little tool. I'm faster in drilling the holes but the main reason is that all holes now have exact the same distance from the edge.

Ford Model A Restoration July 2013

At the edge and between the boards I'll keep a 2 mm gap, so the wood has enough space to 'work'. It looks also better with a small gap between. For easily adjustment, I used these crosses, which are normally for setting plates.

Ford Model A Restoration July 2013

Here is a detailed view of the crosses I've used.

Ford Model A Restoration July 2013

After placing all wooden boards I could screw it all. The flatbed is finished now in a raw construction. Everything will be disassembled again, grinded and finally painted.

Originally some parts have been nailed together which makes any disassembling nearly impossible. That's the reason why I have used screws everywhere.




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